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Tickets may now be purchased directly at the Cork Arts Theatre box office. Phone: 021 4505624


Programme changes

Unfortunately, Silke Scheuermann will to be unable to attend this year's festival. Young Irish poet Roisin Kelly will read in her stead with Aleš Šteger.

Michael Coady regrets that due to circumstances outside his control, he will not be able to attend this year's festival. Thre will be no replacement event.


Trevor Joyce will be reading in place of A.B. Jackson (reading with Brian Turner on Wednesday 14th of Friday at 10pm)

Michael O'Loughlin will now be reading with Ken Babstock (in place of Sina Queyras) on Friday 16th Febuary at 8.30pm


Results of the Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition 2018 judged by Patrick Cotter

1st Prize: Robert Lipton of Richmond, California for his poem
                'Official Story'
2nd Prize: Majella Kelly of Tuam, Galway for her poem
                'Portrait of the City with Masectomy'
3rd Prize: Kim Addonizio of Oakland, Claifornia for her poem 
'Black Hour Blues'

Read the shortlist here


The poets to feature in the Prebooked Introductions reading have been chosen. Read about them here.





We regret to announce that Sina Queyras will be unable to join us at this year's festival.

The 8.30pm reading on Friday 16th will now feature Michael O'Loughlin reading with Ken Babstock.



The 2018 Cork International Poetry Festival Programme is now online, featuring:

Ishion Hutchinson


Yang Lian



Medbh McGuckian



D.A. Powell



Emily Berry


> Workshop your poems (and write new ones) with Brian Turner or with Neil Astley, Ken Babstock, Patricia Smith and Mary O'Malley. Just a few places left.



Getting to Cork for the 2018
Cork International Poetry Festival


Travel: Cork airport is directly connected with airports throughout the UK and many major European cities. From further afield connections can be made through Heathrow, London with British Airways, or through Amsterdam with KLM. The city centre is just a 15 minute cab ride from Cork airport.
Cork City can be reached by bus and train within Ireland.

Links to hotels we recommend:
(all within walking distance of festival venues)

€€€€€ (190-250)
Hayfield Manor

€€€€ (130-190)
River Lee Hotel
Imperial Hotel
The Metropole Hotel

€€€ (90-130)
The Maldron (festival hub)
Hotel Isaacs

€€ (18-60)
Butter Market House Bed and Breakfast
Kinlay House, Shandon

Touring the city:

New York Times article on 36 hours in Cork City

Cork City as a weekend break destination (Marie Claire)





Fool For Poetry winners announced

Molly MinturnBernadette McCarthy





Molly Minturn's Not In Heaven has scooped first prize, and the second prize winner is Cork's own Bernadette McCarthy for her manuscript, Bog Arabic. MORE ABOUT THE FINALISTS AND COMPETITION HERE.





Fool For Poetry finalists announced

Cork Poetry Festival

The ten finalists have now been revealed at The winning chapbooks will be announced soon!





Fool For Poetry longlist announced

Cork Poetry Festival

The longlisted manuscripts are now up at Out of 246 submissions, 56 have made the first cut. The finalists will be revealed on Monday, 4th September and the winners will be announced later that week.




Save the Date!

Cork Poetry Festival

2018 Cork International Poetry Festival is to take place 14 - 17 February. More details on readers and events as they are confirmed.


Cork International Poetry Festival

13 - 17 February 2018

Cork International Poetry Festival